Category Archives: Architecture

Greek Revival Inverted Porches

From this angle you can see how the enclosed porch has a separate roof and is a bump-out addition (with flared craftsman walls dating it to 1900-1930) that extends off of the original inverted porch.

I am a big fan of removing the enclosed porch addition to restore the classic lines to the structure- but that step will only make sense after we have more space – i.e once we renovate the back – because right now we are actually using the enclosed porch as a summer guest room.

Below are a couple other examples of the inverted Greek Revival porches. I have actually found it quite hard to find pictures of inverted porches that still remain open – I think in the Catskills with our relatively cool summers and cold winters – the porches were probably simply enclosed or walled off so they could be used year round.


An example of a surviving inverted porch in the next town over- see how similar this house is to ours except this house has the classic 3 windows/ two windows and entry door in the front pediment wing instead or our 2 windows/2windows layout


I stole this image from an area real estate listing (sorry it is so small) – this too has the inverted porch – the smaller wing is more similar to ours – although it also features the fancy entry door on the facing gable


This is actually a photo of a house in our town from the turn of the century – (I have been scanning photos for our history center as a pet project of mine and also because I can glean so many local architectural details from the looking at old photos). You can see how although the layout is flipped , this house is very similar to the house above – notice also how the house has what appears to be board and batten siding a Gothic Revival detail- very interesting.

Here is a tour of some of my favorite homes in my town.



This house is just so deliciously simple – and yet the quirky offset symmetry makes it so charming!


This house has such clean lines and such a lovely lawn!!


they recently tore down every part of this house except for the front wall you see here and they rebuilt it.


I just love how the aged dark green is so unexpected and yet I think it is so glamorous (maybe I am crazy)


this is so clean and simple – classic Greek Revival!


look at regal setback and how the lawn runs into that lovely stone wall – yummy!


I love this generous porch! it just looks like a friendly house


This is one of my favorite remodels that has been done in the last 10 years – this house was looking a bit rundown when it was on the market about 8 years ago and now it is so handsome – I love how elegant and loved it looks now!


I don’t have a good shot of this house but I do believe they may have won the ‘lawn of the month award’


This place is such a classic farmhouse- (and its for sale ! – which is probably why the lawn looks so neglected)

Anyways I hope you enjoyed a tour through my town – and I hope to put up more soon to show you the examples of local architectural styles that I am hoping to draw inspiration from as we fix up our own house.

Couldn’t Agree More.

‘Comfortable seating, a functional kitchen, lots of storage, a big bathroom, a place to escape’-Derek Sanders on what makes a house a home , Domino Aug 2007


image from Derek Sanders Website

images from NYT

And isn’t it just fitting that this barn in Roxbury that we all blogged about a while back is his? The reserved and yet rustic renovation of this classic barn makes laid-back living seem like the ultimate luxury.

Country Farmhouse Renovation in The Northwest

I have been having a slight inspiration dry spell lately (have you noticed my lack of posts?)- but this glamorous simplicity of this house renovation really got me back in the mood for posting ideas again.

I am sure many of you are already familiar with A Country Farmhouse, but I wanted to feature the amazing renovation here. Trina’s farmhouse, built in 1926 and on the other side of the country is like ours in that it had multiple small additions that had been added on over time. By removing some of the smaller additions, redoing the dining room add-on, adding a dormer to the half story, leveling out the landscape around the house, and (my favorite part) adding a lovely wraparound porch they transformed their sweet but outdated house into a showstopping gem. Seriously – isn’t this just your dream country home?

The house is still cute here, but very busy – lots of additions – look at those during pictures – it must have been so exciting…

And the after – that is what a call a glamorous porch!

I just love how this facade went from perfectly fine to utterly fantastic!

Another beautiful transformation

and I had to include these two shots because they look like they are straight out of a magazine – I just love,love,love those counter tops! and how beautiful is that bath?


All these photos are from Trina’s blog; A Country Farmhouse.